EcoTech Marine Vortech MP40W ES Propeller Pump
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The award-winning technology of the MP40w ES provides wireless operation on tanks between 50 and 500+ gallons, producing 1,000 to 3,200 gallons per hour of flow and smallest in-tank footprint for full-size reef aquariums.
The Wireless Wave Driver enables wireless coordination and enhanced functionality between multiple VorTech units right out of the box, with no extra equipment to buy—making it the most effective solution on the market for larger aquariums.
The VorTech minimizes the intrusion of equipment in your tank by using a patent pending bracketless design; this allows the motor to be on the outside of the aquarium and uses a magnetic field to transfer torque through the aquarium wall to the propeller located in the water.
No Heat added to the water
Due to the use of high intensity metal halide lighting, inefficient return pumps, and powerheads, many aquarists must resort to expensive equipment or loud fans to keep their water temperature stable. The VorTech induces very little heat into the aquarium because of EcoTech Marine's patent pending magnetically coupled design which transfers motion through the glass, but not heat.
Controllable and Versatile
The VorTech uses the most advanced motor technology available, allowing the water flow rate to be completely controllable. Operating on tanks between 20 and 500 gallons and producing between 100 and 3,000 gallons per hour of flow, the VorTech is the most versatile flow product on the market. The VorTech is designed to operate on gap thickness from 1/8" to 3/4".
The VorTech produces from 500 to 3,000 gallons per hour of low velocity gentle water current. The flow is so impressive and broad, that it actually creates an undertow along your sand bed. You will notice an equal amount of flow going out of your pump as you will see going back into it! Moreover, because the flow pattern is so wide, there is no reason to direction the flow, simply place the pump on the back or sides of your aquarium and flow will be created throughout the whole tank.
No AC electricity in the aquarium water
The VorTech is safer than existing products because there is no dangerous AC electricity brought into the aquarium. This keeps your fish and corals happy and healthy, while minimizing your own risk of electrocution.
The VorTech is designed to be the safest and most reliable product on the market: Over-current protection - if the propeller becomes jammed, our microcontroller will sense the problem and shut the motor down to prevent overheating. Magnetic couple protection - if the VorTech becomes separated into two parts during operation, our microcontroller will sense the separation and cut power to the motor.
The VorTech moves more water within your aquarium than conventional powerheads, plus you save money by not having to invest in and run a costly chiller.
The VorTech is virtually maintenance free. Classic powerheads use an impeller attached to a magnet assembly which needs to be cleaned every few months. The VorTech need only be serviced minimally to replace a simple and economical bearing every few years.
Wave Controller Accessory*
The EcoTech Wave Controller will wirelessly control up to 10 VorTech Propeller Pumps with an intuitive user interface while creating optiomal flow using wave motion algorithms.
Battery Backup Acessory
An IceCap, Inc. battery backup powers the EcoTech Marine VorTech Propeller Pump for up to 24-hours during a power outage emergency.
Constant Speed Mode - Pump runs continuously at a constant speed which can be set by the user.
EcoSmart Nutrient Transport Mode (NTM)
A two phase program to promote maximum health and nutrient export, as well as increased growth for corals. Alternates between a resonant standing wave and a surge effect to stir up and export nutrients.
EcoSmart Tidal Swell Mode (TSM)
Creates a harmonic balance in your aquarium reminiscent of the changing flow conditions that would be found in nature. Flow varies from left to right, right to left, calm, and ends with a great surge.
Reef Crest Random Mode
Reef Crest Random Mode simulates the high-energy conditions of a natural reef crest environment.
Lagoonal Random Mode
Simulates the gentler reef zone found in a natural lagoon.
Short Pulse Mode
Allows for wave pulse timings between 0.3 and two seconds, enabling the creation of FAST alternating flow throughout the tank. Use this mode to create a resonant standing wave.
Long Pulse Mode
Allows for wave pulse timings of between 2 seconds and 60 seconds, enabling the creation of slow alternating flow throughout the tank.
Slows down pump to allow user to feed aquarium. User can select the duration and speed for Feed Mode.
Automatically reduce speed and operates continuously at that speed for a period of time during the night. User can select the duration and speed for Night Mode.
Battery Backup Mode
When used with our battery backup accessory, the VorTech pump will switch to Battery Backup Mode in the event of a power outage and will operate at a user set speed. The LED’s on your EcoSmart driver will count down to indicate how much power is available within the battery.
LED’s are turned off and display knob dimmed significantly, but pump functions in its current mode. User can program how long after use before the driver enters Auto-Dim.
Tap the on/off switch to turn off and turn on a pump. Hold this button to turn off all pumps in a master/slave group. Tap any pump in the groups’ on/off switch and that pump will turn back on.
* Flow: 1,000-3,200 gallons per hour
* Power Consumption: 9-28 watts
* Maximum Motor Temperature: 50-60 degrees Celsius
* Aquarium Wall Thickness Range: 3/16″-3/4″
* Appropriate Tank Size Range: 50-500+ gallons
* Dimensions: Wet Side- 3″ diameter by 2.25″ long, Dry Side- 3″ diameter by 2.25″ long
* Clearance Needed Behind Aquarium: 3″
Questions on EcoTech Marine Vortech MP40W ES Propeller Pump
Worth the high price Review by Geoff
Works as advertised. Powerful and really quite. I put the Vortech MP40W ES and the Vortech MP10W ES on my 90 gallon reef with great results. I use anti-sync mode to get the water gently surging back and forth. Hard to imagine a sane person would consider the combined price of these two powerheads to be worth it but, the corals look better than they ever have. They make reef tank look authentic! Worth the money. (Posted on 5/22/2011)
MP40W ES in 80 gal reef Review by Markie
The idea of a through the glass driven powerhead is just plain overdue. Keeping heat and clutter out of the tank is good engineering. The prop style pump moves plenty of water. The Eco Smart driver is gadgety but effective. Varying flow patterns is a natural. I use just one of the various modes and pretty much leave it at that. The downsides: the "night mode" setting loses about a half hour each day, so if you set it at, say, 10:00PM....eventually it'll be on night mode in the middle of the day! But like a clock that don't work, at some point it'll be correct. Noise...low speeds no problem. But when it winds up to the upper RPMs it sounds like the family station wagon on a trip to Florida with a bad differential.....that honing sound that varies with speed. For the most part that is not a problem, except at night when all is quiet and its most prominent...which is when you program it for the "night mode" setting...except remember what happens to the "night mode" setting?! All in all this is a great system but with a few kinks to iron out. Its high dollar and high tech. I use it, I like it, I recommend it and I wish I invented it. (Posted on 3/24/2011)
great product Review by jeff
can't say enough good things about this wave maker.
Its everything they advertise it is. What a great product. (Posted on 2/22/2011)
Technology and Engineering Review by Markie
The idea of a through the glass driven powerhead is just plain overdue. Keeping heat and clutter out of the tank is good engineering. The prop style pump moves plenty of water. The Eco Smart driver is gadgety but effective. Varying flow patterns is a natural. I use just one of the various modes and pretty much leave it at that.
The downsides: the "night mode" setting loses about a half hour each day, so if you set it at, say, 10:00PM....eventually itll be on night mode in the middle of the day! But like a clock that dont work, at some point itll be correct.
Noise...low speeds no problem. But when it winds up to the upper RPMs it sounds like the family station wagon on a trip to Florida with a bad differential.....that honing sound that varies with speed. For the most part that is not a problem, except at night when all is quiet and its most prominent...which is when you program it for the "night mode" setting...except guess what happens to the "night mode" setting!
All in all this is a great system but with a few kinks to iron out. Its high dollar and high tech. I use it, I like it, I recommend it and I wish I invented it.
(Updated on 2/16/2011.) (Posted on 2/16/2011)
Worth the money. Review by jlv0lpk
75 gallon reef tank
Mag 9.5 return pump
mp40es w power head
80 lbs of live rock
various sps, lps, some soft coral
Creates excellent water flow within the aquarium. Can create a slight wave - almost 2.0 inches.
Polyps extension on coral is good; Polyps are not being ripped off or blown away.
On Nutrient Export and Short Pulse mode you can definitely hear the pump rev up. You will hear it slightly over the overflow trickle noise of the water.
The best and most compelling reason to buy this product is the current (undertow) it creates within the aquarium. There are no dead spots whatsoever. The flow is extremely wide. My skimmer is much more effective.
I did purchase the battery backup unit, which works very well.
The quality of both units is excellent. Both are very well built. (Posted on 12/17/2010)
Very easy to use Review by risedrummer
This product is pretty much plug and go. I was a little hesitant to spend almost $500 on a single powerhead. But when I set it up, using the amazing auto wave feature, I was hooked. My sand and rocks are perfectly clean, my coral polyps open up wider than ever, and my fish really love playing in the waves. (Posted on 9/29/2010)